- Location: Hampton, VA
- League: Carolina League 1969
- Affiliation: Houston Astros 1969
- Ballpark: Peninsula War Memorial Stadium
In 1969, the Peninsula Grays became the Peninsula Astros when the Newport News, VA/Hampton, VA-based Carolina League team switched affiliations from the Oakland A's to the Houston Astros. Managed by Tony Pacheco, Peninsula was third in attendance (60,414) and went 67-76, 8th in the 10-team league (4th of five teams in the eastern division). Outscored 584-474, they produced the fewest runs in the Carolina League and had no All-Stars. Future MLB stars included catcher Cliff Johnson (.229/~.321/.385, 21 errors) and first baseman Cesar Cedeno (.274/~.340/.380, 24 SB, a league-leading 32 doubles and 14 times hit by pitch). Dan LeBright (6-6, 5 Sv, 1.62), Buddy Harris (12-4, 1.84, tied for the league lead in winning percentage) and Larry Yount (6-4, 2.25) led the pitching staff. The next year, they were replaced by the Phillies, WHO KEPT THE NAME "Astros" for theier first season in 1970.
Source: 1970 Baseball GuideSource (John Graham former Peninsula GM -Chairman Peninsula Hall of Fame.
|1969||67-76||8th||Tony Pacheco||Lost in 2nd round|